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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..., 16 April 2009
This review is from: Tarot Theory and Practice: A Revolutionary Approach to How the Tarot Works (Paperback)
And maybe somewhat opportunistic. The book uses the Llewellyn deck, but rarely makes any reference to the fact - the only reference I can find on a quick scan is in the overview of the Tarot deck on the page for The Horned One. The significance of this is that the Llewellyn deck's major arcana are thoroughly based in Welsh tradition and mythology. It feels as though the publishers foisted the deck (published the previous year to this book) upon the book: the Llewellyn deck has many important details that are completely ignored by the book.

In the introduction, the author says that she has been reading Tarot for thirty years and teaching for twenty years and that until now she saw no reason to add to the plethora of Tarot books. I'm afraid this book feels like she has simply published her notebook without trying to make it into a coherent book. She jumps from metaphysical theory to personal anecdote in less time than it takes to shuffle a deck.

Although she relies on it heavily, she gives little explanation of the Tree of Life, and especially no explanation of why she numbers the sephiroth in reverse, a concept I`ve never before come across. A third of the book is taken up with her overview of the cards, sometimes just a couple of lines of text recycling what a Little White Book might say, accompanied by a monochrome photograph of the card. Unfortunately, the Llewellyn deck doesn't easily lend itself to monochrome representation: the result is that an awful lot of detail is lost.

I've only read this book once - I intend to put it to one side and return to it in a few months' or a year's time - but I can honestly say that there are far better books available.
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